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Types of dance


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Types of dance

  1. 1. Types of Dances
  2. 2. Go to page 4 Here are the five main types of dances.
  3. 3. This type of dance has a story to tell and does so in a series of episodes arranged in logical sequence (many ballets are often like this). Because this dance is concerned with people and their emotions, characters are involved. In order to make movements dramatic, great effort must be put into them. Also, in dramatic dance there are usually emotional relationships between people displayed. A dramatic dance concentrates upon a happening or mood which does not unfold a story but perhaps suggests one.
  4. 4. This suggests the quality of the dance. The dictionary says it is ‘…having a relatively light, pure, melodic quality’. It could then be a characteristic of a pure or abstract dance and not just a dance in itself.
  5. 5. This deals only with movement itself. For example, a jazz dance based only on the movements of that technique, there is no meaning to interpret. These dances may, however, come from an interpretation of the music.
  6. 6. This can be a confusing term. It means the choreographer has taken out (abstracted) thoughts about something and put them into movement terms. An audience may not interpret them in exactly the same way as the choreographer and this is not necessarily important. It does not tell a story – it is just a series of movement ideas strung together in the choreographer’s own way. e.g., Time can be shown in many different ways in one dance – see if you can think of some of the ways you may show this in movement.
  7. 7. Movement in a comic dance may be unusual. Very often the movements are mimetic in nature (they are based on realistic movements) and exaggerated to make them peculiar.